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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-11-15

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] PASOK leader pledges party's renewal
  • [02] Ecumenical Patriarch meets with Austrian chancellor

  • [01] PASOK leader pledges party's renewal

    The renewal of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) and of its parliamentary group, "constitutes the primary concern" of PASOK leader George Papandreou.

    Speaking on Tuesday to parliamentary reporters, during a luncheon, the main opposition party leader said that he has proceeded in major organisational changes in the party, noting that "more things have occurred these (past) 18 months than what the ruling New Democracy party had not done in 11 years."

    "I have the obligation to bring to the forefront a new generation of politicians," Papandreou said.

    "If I were (Prime Minister) Costas Karamanlis I would have a dilemma about conducting early general elections, because in 2007 they would not have been in my favour, and now it would be a risk, according to the latest public opinion polls," The PASOK leader also asserted.

    He emphasised that "we believe that we can win (the general elections) whenever they take place."

    [02] Ecumenical Patriarch meets with Austrian chancellor

    Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos expressed his conviction on Tuesday that during its European Union presidency, in the first half of 2006, Austria will have the opportunity of "working, as much as it can, for the consolidation and prevalence of religious freedoms and human rights in general."

    Vartholomeos was speaking after holding talks with Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel in the Austrian capital.

    The Ecumenical Patriarch said in a statement to the Athens News Agency (ANA) that he had the opportunity of discussing issues of mutual interest with the Chancellor, also in light of the Austrian EU presidency, and ascertained the "existence of a profuse and general desire for promoting and supporting religious freedoms and human rights in general".

    Vartholomeos added that he had made the same ascertainment during talks he had at the Fanar a few weeks ago with Austrian Parliament President Andreas Kohl.

    The Ecumenical Patriarch arrived in Vienna on Monday at the invitation of Chancellor Schuessel to participate in the tripartite international inter-religious conference titled "Islam in a pluralistic world."


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